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Posted by LiedToDr on June 19, 2000 at 12:31:42:

I have a tooth that the dentist filled with a resin filling about three months ago. At the time, they said the cavity was deep and that the filling may be "temporary" because they wanted to see how the root responded. I didn't know what this meant and they told me that they put an antibiotic in to make sure there was no infection. I went back in two weeks later to have the temp replaced with a permanent filling, but they told me that the filling was permanent unless the tooth was bothering me in which case a root canal would be needed. I lied and said the tooth was fine. They seemed surprised to hear that, asked me again if "the tooth was bothering me at all", and when I shook my head no, let the issue drop. The truth is, the tooth is sensitive to cold and does hurt off and on, though never when I'm chewing. The filling feels rough to me and I'm wondering if what I'm feeling is just an ill-placed filling. Is it possible that if the dentist felt convinced the tooth would need a root canal that they would put in a less than perfect filling? I know I'm in this mess because of my lying, but what should I do now? I think a different filling would do the trick. Should I find another dentist and have them replace the filling? Also, isn't there such a thing as a truly temporary filling material? I can't believe they would treat me with antibiotics and then use a permanent filling material. How would they have checked for an infection?

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